Debbie Sommers, Curator, Port Macquarie Museum wins 2017 IMAGinE Award
Debbie Sommers centre stage with Jennifer Barrett, Chair Museums & Galleries NSW and Craig Limkin, Executive Director, Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office, Arts, Screen and Culture Division, NSW Government
Museums & Galleries of NSW announced the winners of the 2017 IMAGinE Awards in Sydney late last week. Debbie Sommers the Curator (Volunteer) at Port Macquarie Museum won the award for Individual Achievement.
Debbie Sommers has held executive roles for the Port Macquarie Historical Society & Museum for a number of years and now performs the role of Curator for the Museum. Under her guidance the Museum has undertaken a number of programs and upgrades that has seen visitor numbers increase, against the trend for regional museums and indeed many museums with far greater resources.
Debbie also chairs the Mid North Coast Chapter of Museums Australia and has spearheaded museum development and training across a number of museums in the region. In 2017 she was appointed to the Board of Museums Australia and provides an important voice for community based museums in regional Australia.
The IMAGinE awards promote and strengthen the NSW museum and gallery sector recognising innovation and excellence in 500 museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW, They honour best practice education programs, outreach projects, exhibitions, collection management projects and the achievements of individuals.
Debbie was nominated for the Awards by Arts Mid North Coast.